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Voices from Iraq

The Iraq War, 2003-2011

Although the Iraq War ended ten years ago, its effects and aftermath are still felt today. These books present a general history and overview of the United States' most controversial foreign policy action since the Vietnam War. All books on this list are works of non-fiction, including two titles that consist of candid interviews with Iraqi citizens.

Men of Change

Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth

A Book, Film and Music Playlist

Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Community Museum, "Men of Change" is a traveling exhibition that features portraits of African American men who have altered the history and culture of this country.

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Crime and Punishment

Do you enjoy true crime books, police procedurals, or forensic mystery novels? Then these riveting histories that explore criminal investigation, sensational trials, and the use of forensics might be for you.

The Founding were Spies

Easy Reading: The American Founding

Looking for ways to get new and emerging readers interested in history and the founding of this country? Check out these easy readers--ranging from step one to step three--that introduce readers to facets of the American Revolution, the American presidency and some of the most well-known monuments in the country!

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Berlin Stories

The German capital's dramatic history and role as a center for artists and intellectuals have long captivated the imagination. This list includes novels and works of non-fiction, all of which examine the city through important periods in its history. Spy stories, tales from the Weimar Republic, and portraits of survival during WWII are found below. Visit DC Public Library's catalog for more. 

Rock the Bauhaus

Celebrating MLK Main Library's Reopening

MLK Memorial Library is a unique and beautiful building, but why does it look the way it does? Join Allie from the Creative Labs in learning about Bauhaus and how a German design principle helped build our library’s main branch. You can try your hand at designing a Bauhaus-inspired object too! Check out the video on YouTube here.

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood

Hollywood Babylon: Biographies of the Golden Age of Cinema

There’s something wrong in Hollywood

Everyone loves a good story. The Golden Age of cinema, filmmaking during the 1910s - 1960s, was no exception. Tinseltown was, and still is, in the business of mythmaking and -- from the “lowly” assistant to the matinee idol -- everyone had a tale of victory and calamity, intrigue that attracted (or was generated by) the rumor mill. These Hollywood hopefuls wrestled against studio-contrived standards that transcended the screen and into the collective consciousness.

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Contemporary Central European Literature

Writing from the Lands Between

Central European writers created some of the most distinctive prose and poetry of the 20th century. Kafka, Sienkowicz, Kundera, Andrić, Musil and others masterfully employed irony, gallows humor, and the anti-heroic “view from below” in their examinations of modern bureaucracy, ill-treatment by historical forces, and the weight of memory. This list provides suggestions for readings from their 21st-century literary heirs (loosely conceived) – writers born in a mutilated world that demands both praise and lament.

Around American to Win the Vote

Celebrating Female Suffrage

Books for Kids and Tweens

August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote nationally. To celebrate, the entire year will be full of chances to learn about the 19th Amendment and to teach about and celebrate the women known as suffragettes, who fought for the 19th Amendment and for their ability to engage in the political process. 

Shall Not Be Denied

100 Years of the Vote

Women's Suffrage for Adults

This August, the United States celebrates 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The fight for the vote was not over then, but it was a major step forward for so many and was the culmination of a fight that had been waged for decades. 

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